Glossophobia is one of the most common phobias in the world, most commonly known as the fear of public speaking. Having this phobia can be extremely problematic within the workplace. It is reported at least 75% of the worlds population suffer from it to a certain degree, but what about those who suffer to the extreme? When the anxiety of waiting kicks in, and the fear builds up before you're anywhere near standing up in front of anyone, it can feel almost suffocating. It can be particularly daunting to try new things and progress further when doubting yourself.
This can be a huge problem when conducting job interviews, and everyday worklife. I suffer from the extreme form of glossophobia, and many interviews have been thrown to the dogs because of it. One requiring a presentation had me running to the hills! It is so important to address it to move forward successfully in your future.
Glossophobia is commonly grouped into three main categories: physical, verbal, and non-verbal. Your heart rate and blood pressure goes up, you sometimes start sweating and your voice tightens up amongst other symptoms.
There are courses available in different areas to help confront your fear, and learn to feel comfortable with talking in public. However there are tips and tricks you can teach yourself when preparing for that big presentation or job interview.
Try to stay calm. This is easier said than done, but maintain your blood pressure and try to reduce your anxiety will help to keep you calm before the big moment.
Practice your breathing. Long deep breaths can greatly help when you feel your blood pressure rising, and can help you keep your cool before you start.
Start off small. Practice your presentation in front of family or friends, or have them try interview questions on you before hand to maintain those vocal cords.
Include your audience. If you include your audience in the case of a presentation, some of the pressure will be off you. Get them to ask questions and try to get their opinions throughout.
Ask questions. When in an interview don't be afraid to ask questions. As before, this will help to take pressure off you when the interviewer gets to explain information more.
Prepare. Try to prepare as much as you possibly can. Even if you bring notes with you, it will put less stress on you to try and remember every detail you think is necessary.
These few steps can greatly help before speaking in front of others. It is a constant struggle, but practicing will help before you give a presentation or an interview. Try looking up courses around your area that aim to help with glossophobia. It will be beneficial in the longrun for your career. From one sufferer to another, seeking help is the first step to a stress-free life.